HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week
Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week:
HORVATH RETIREMENT — It was a bitter sweet announcement Thursday, when Fredonia State President Virginia Horvath announced she would be retiring on July 1. Dr. Horvath was Fredonia State’s first female president and has more than 40 years of service and leadership in public higher education. We wish her the best as she wraps up her time in Fredonia and prepares for the next stage of her life.
SUHR STILL JUMPING — When it comes to athletic talent, Father Time always wins. But at 37 years old, Fredonia native Jenn Suhr is still making history. Last weekend, she broke her own meet record by clearing 16 feet 1 inches while jumping at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at the University of Texas. She has participated in three Olympics, 2008, 2012 and 2016. The first two she medaled — Silver in 2008 and gold in 2012. After she was ill in 2016, we wondered if that was the end of her career. Only time will tell, but we can say this — she’s still amazing.
LITTLE BRETT — Five years ago, Brett Struble, who was then 5 years old, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. The Pine Valley community came together and rallied for him when they held their first March Madness event and called it “Buckets for Brett.” Over 10,000 was raised for the family. Today, his mother reports that Brett is completely off medication and is in the clear. He still gets treatments and has challenges, but we’re glad to see how far he has come since 2014!
TESTING PROBLEMS — Students all across New York had their state tests delayed due to computer issues. The problem was some of these students had already taken their test, but were unable to file them. That invalidated their tests and the students have to take them again. So what happens if the students do poorly? Will the computer problems be blamed? With our elections, we cast our votes electronically, but there’s a paper trail as well. Maybe there needs to be some sort of paper printout that can save the tests should this problem happen again.